The east coast of Australia recently experienced wild storms that caused
catastrophic damage to infrastructure, homes, schools, factories, churches and
many other structures.
Glass or acrylic skylights are the worst affected during storms, strong
wind gusts or hail. Pergolas and awnings with thin corrugated sheets are also prone
to severe damage from hail.
So what can you do to prepare for the storm season? Are there options to
minimise the impact of extreme weather phenomena?
Clear or opal polycarbonate skylights offer 250 times the strength of
normal glass skylights, keeping them virtually indestructible during severe
Flat tinted, clear or opal polycarbonate from Allplastics Engineering is
recommended for outdoor use. Supplied with a 10-year warranty, flat polycarbonate
sheets – unlike corrugated sheets – will not collect dust, leaves or other
You can also create wind barriers in outdoor structures such as
carports, pergolas and walkways. The above photo shows a project where metal
mesh is cladded with tinted polycarbonate panels. The polycarbonate panels are
virtually indestructible and will prevent wind coming through the metal mesh.
The same principle applies to trellis and other decorative panels.
Polycarbonate is available in flat solid sheets as well as multiwall (honeycomb
structure) sheets. Solid sheets are less likely to be dented in a hailstorm and
generally are easier to install for flat roofs. The multiwall polycarbonate
requires a 7-degree pitch to allow the aggregated moisture to run off.
Clear, Opal and Tinted Polycarbonate
Key features include outstanding toughness, good chemical resistance to
solvents and cleaners, good electrical insulation, outstanding weather-ability,
and temperature range of -40¡C to +130¡C.
Polycarbonate sheets are ideal for balustrades, glazing and noise walls.
of UV polycarbonate sheets
Size (mm): 2440 x 1220, 2440 x 1830, 3000 x 2000 x 6; Thickness (mm): 1-12
Colours: Clear, Opal, Tints, Frost (made to order)
Talk to the team at Allplastics Engineering for ideas on how to protect
your property and be storm ready with minimum cost.